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Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy announce ‘Hella Mega’ tour

The announcement of the ‘Hella Mega’ tour has caused ripples of excitement in the music world this week. If you haven’t seen, Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer have announced a co-headlining tour in Europe, the US and Canada for next summer. Speaking on Zane Lowe’s show about the tour, Billie Joe Armstrong said: “It’s kind of a Green Day idea. And we talked about how we weren’t really wanting to do stadiums and do something that was like throwback to Monsters Of Rock Tour. There was, of course, Fall Out Boy and Weezer and now we’re stoked.”

The Interrupters, who seem to be going from strength to strength, have been announced as support for the US and Canada dates.

The dates for the whole tour can be found below.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Finding September (pop punk) release video for “Hostage”

San Antonio pop punk quarter Finding September have released a video for their latest single “Hostage”. The track is the first new offering since last year’s History EP.

Have a watch below.



Album Review: Good Grief – “Square One”

The pop-punks from the Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan are back, Good Grief bringing what could be the best pop-punk release of the year in mini-album Square One. From the moment the mini-album begins, with an emotional spoken-word acoustic track reminiscent of how After Tonight began their iconic first-and-only album, there’s this special feeling surrounding it.

The boys in Good Grief have this incredible energy, which is translated into their music. As soon as the intro ends we’re brought into the track “Forever,” a pop-punk banger, complete with bright guitar work and gang vocals that just beg to be sang along with. The ending line of “I spend another night alone” slows things down to a brief sombre moment, but the energy is kicked right back up again with “Canvas.”

“Canvas” is another impressively crafted pop-punk gem, with some tasty melodies bringing us towards the shining center of the release. “The Paul,” followed by “Rotting In My Chest,” strikes me as quite probably my favorite pop-punk tracks in quite a long time. The Paul hits the ground running, leaning on the easycore influence quite a few Japanese pop-punk bands have. Yastin’s delivery of “This is my life!” hits hard in the middle of “The Paul,” then a final “YEAH” to finish off the track brings that intense energy up to boil.

“Rotting In My Chest” is everything you could want from a pop-punk song, calling on early Knuckle Puck and Real Friends with an iconic sound they grab hold of and make their own in a beautiful way. It’s one of those tracks that you can’t help but have on replay all day. “I hope you remember” stands out as that line you can’t help but sing along with, brings back how their track “Home” from a previous EP stood out as that endlessly singable tune.

Following that killer midsection is a nice reprieve, a gentle acoustic track in “Delete.” The flow of the mini-album is pretty spot on, and winds down with “Delete” into the finale of “Wasted Miles,” beginning with twinkly guitars but quickly working into their sound, making a nice bit of contrast. The flow of the track has the aura of some punkier emo tracks with the dips and rises, ending with passion, looking back on past mistakes.

Japanese pop-punk is a beautifully flourishing scene at a local level, with a lot of creativity and expression shown through the bands that work incredibly hard to build the very scene they love. In influence the scene sits somewhere around the Defend Pop Punk era, but drawing on elements of easycore, emo, and hardcore, Japanese pop-punk is creatively growing impressively. Good Grief always bring quality in catchy and emotional punk music, but Square One marks a step forward from there, honing their skills and putting together something really special. Don’t sleep on this!

Square One releases on September 8th. You can stream the mini-album below.



Teenage Bubblegums release video for “In Limbo”

Italian rock trio Teenage Bubblegums have release a video for “In Limbo”. The track is taken from their upcoming record of the same name, out 13th September on Monster Zero Inc. It is the follow up to 2016’s Days Of Nothing.

Have a watch below.



DS Exclusive: Jason Cruz on Strung Out’s triumphant “Songs Of Armor And Devotion” and his Upcoming Children’s Book, “There Are Such Things As In Your Dreams”

When last we spoke with Strung Out frontman Jason Cruz, it was a couple of days prior to the release of his iconic band’s acoustic EP, Black Out The Sky. The album marked a bit of a departure, a change of pace album more than two decades into the band’s history of pioneering a blistering punk/metal hybrid. The album had been a bit delayed – its predecessor, Transmission.Alpha.Delta was already three years old and was, itself, the band’s first new album in six years at the time – and came at the end of a tumultuous two-year period that found long-time drummer Jordan Burns exiting the band, replaced by Runaway Kids’ RJ Shankle.

Fast-forward a less than eighteen months, and we caught up with Cruz again, this time on the heels of a new, fully-plugged-in full-length. On August 9th, the band released their ninth studio album, Songs Of Armor And Devotion, on Fat Wreck Chords, and from the first moments of the album’s opening track, “Rebels & Saints,” the new music finds the quintet firmly, aggressively, planting their battle flag as an ongoing force to be reckoned with nearly three decades into their career. That’s a concept that is certainly not lost on Cruz. “I think that we’re all still working class dudes. We’re still hungry. I feel like we still have to fight for every little thing that we’ve got and everything that we do. Nothing is easy for us, so I think that that in and of itself adds to the gravity and the sincerity of what we do,” he explains. “We earned the right to still be here. I think that if you’re going to do this – to do anything – you have to earn the right to keep doing it.”

Cruz notes that even with so many releases under their studded belts, the band experiences collective anxiety in the last period of time before an album officially drops, and the tone of that anxiety has shifted as much as anything else over the course of their career. “Up until the time it gets released, you’re wondering, especially with social media and everything that’s going on these days, everyone’s got an opinion and everyone feels their opinion needs to be heard, and they start throwing around how they think you should write the songs.” This forces the band – somewhat less-than-reluctantly – to pull back moreso than usual from social media outlets and to let their own collective consciousness steer the ship. It’s the quality that’s lead the band to continue producing material that’s as hungry and vital as ever. “I think that if you believe and something, do it or act it or live your life around it or just be it, and if people are inspired by it, good, if they’re not…I don’t worry about it.

Cruz’s songwriting has never been the type to shy away from sociopolitical issues, and that’s certainly no different on Songs Of Armor And Devotion given that the period we find ourselves in is ripe for commentary. However, Cruz’s songwriting is also the type that’s not going to beat you over the head with on-the-nose references. Instead, he opts for more of a storyteller’s role, allowing the listener to make her or his own connection with the music. That, of course, is by design. “I think music is more intimate than that, and the way it affects you when you first listen to something, or you first put on a CD or you have a moment…music is something so personal and intimate,” he explains.I think a problem with our generation, or just this time, is a lack of intimacy with all things, you know? Everything is so fast and mass-produced and gamma rays in your face and radiation in your face and instant gratification, but there’s no intimacy with anything anymore.

2019 finds Cruz not only assuming his storyteller’s role for Strung Out again by way of writing lyrics and creating artwork, as he’s now done for the bulk of the band’s releases; he’s now branching out into the world of author of children’s books! October 25th at the Copro Nason Gallery in Los Angeles, Cruz will be throwing an art show that serves as the launch for his debut book, There Are Such Things As In Your Dreams. The title was developed by one of Cruz’s daughters and inspired the central theme of the book. “It’s a simple children’s poem with some cool pictures. It’s trying to explain to a kid what dreams are.” In fact, There Are Such Things As In Your Dreams is the first of three books that Cruz has lined up. “The first one is basically a nursery rhyme or a kids’ poem with pictures. The second one is a little bit darker. The third one is a motherfucker…but that’ll wait ’til (his daughter is) a little older!

*excerpted artwork from There Are Such Things As In Your Dreams courtesy of Cruz himself*

As a songwriter, Cruz has not shied away from digging around in some dark places and exploring themes that might be awkward or strange or uncomfortable, and that won’t be different when it comes to his career as an author of kids’ books. “I am who I am in front of my daughter; sometimes I write about dark stuff, but I think at the core of everything I do is love,” Cruz notes. “I think if you read anything I write, it’s about love. I’m not a hateful person, I don’t write about hateful things. Everything I do comes from love, so naturally this book comes from love and dreams.” To that end, Cruz approached the process of creating the art and storyline for a children’s book in much the same manner that he approaches creating music, be it for Strung Out or another project like Jason Cruz and Howl. “To me, a children’s book is just like a song,” he explains. “They’ve both got rhythm, they’ve got imagery. It’s a simplified, poetic approach to telling a sorry or a thought or a theme, you know?

Head below to check out our full Q&A with Jason Cruz…or at least the first 22 minutes of our conversation before my recorder miraculously shat the proverbial bed. If you’re going to be in Southern California the last week of October, you can RSVP to the above-mentioned art show/book launch here; it’s free, and it will also feature guest artist and skateboarding icon Steve Caballero and an acoustic performance by Strung Out!

 



DS Exclusive: Miguel Chen on his new book, “The Death Of You: A Book For Anyone Who Might Not Live Forever”

One of my favorite — and also I think one of the most important — lines in Miguel Chen’s new book, The Death Of You: A Book For Anyone Who Might Not Live Forever, comes right within the first small handful of pages. Chen, is obviously best known for his role as bass player for long-running punk band Teenage Bottlerocket but is also increasingly well-known for his yoga and meditation teachings and practices, and wrote a pretty successful book, I Wanna Be Well: How A Punk Found Peace And You Can Too that came out last year. Anyway, early on in The Death Of You, page eight to be exact, Chen asks and answers the question that you might be asking out loud when you hear that the bass player of a hard-working punk rock band has written a book on essentially how to come to terms with the concept of death in a way that allows you to lead a fulfilling life. That question, as you’ve probably deciphered by now, is “why is Miguel Chen qualified to write this book?” Chen’s answer? “I’m not. Well, at least not more than anyone else.”

It’s that tone of self-deprecation, of not taking himself all that seriously, that weaves its way through all of Chen’s written work – and all of Bottlerocket’s music for that matter – that makes it so compelling and relatable. However, it’s also, frankly, not exactly true. Chen, you see, has experienced what some might believe is more than his fair share of painful and untimely deaths in his life. As you probably know, Chen lost his mother to cancer when he was sixteen years old and lost his sister in a tragic car accident less than a year later. Then, as you definitely know, he lost his best friend and Teenage Bottlerocket brother-in-arms Brandon Carlisle four years ago. The bakers’ dozen years in between found checking most of the boxes on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance; sex, drugs, rebellion and rock and roll, followed by intense periods of yoga and meditation that have found him in a much, much different place by the time Carlisle’s death came around than he was in as a teenage.

And now with The Death Of You, Chen is trying to impart some of his immense and profound wisdom on the rest of us. The book finds Chen teaming up with the same writing partner (Rod Meade Sperry) and publisher (Wisdom Publications) as the first go around, which resulted in a much quicker turnaround this time than the few years that went in to I Wanna Be Well, even if he had this idea kicking around far in advance. “(Writing a book about death) was actually in the back of my mind for years and years,” explains Chen. “Before I came to these practices and this connection with myself, I really kind of felt like a victim of death, of these losses that I had faced. My mom died, my sister died, life was fucked, why was this happening to me?” Eventually, as chronicled in I Wanna Be Well and previously discussed in our last conversation here, Chen began practicing and ultimately instructing in both yoga and meditation, offering him a deeper perspective not only on death as a concept. “As I got to the other end of it through these practices and saw how different my life was because of those events,  I had to be honest with myself that it wasn’t all bad,” he says, adding “I mean yeah, it was heart-breaking and tragic and I wish I had those people back in my life, but because of what happened and when it happened, I was able to live a more free existence. It freed me up to be like, “well, this happened, and this is real, so what am I going to do with the time that I do have?” It really drove me to pursue the band and music, and to make a life for myself that I was happy with, you know?

Like with I Wanna Be Well before it, The Death Of You contains a mixture of first-person storytelling, education of the reader about certain concepts, and a handful of practices aimed at getting you and I to learn by doing. For it’s not just the idea of death that Chen wants us to be comfortable accepting; it’s how to deal with all varieties of deaths we might be presented with, up to and including our own eventual shuffling from off this mortal coil. This includes a meditation practice toward the end of the book that implores the reader to envision just what’ll happen to them when their time is up. “The status quo is to just never think about death at all, and just kind of move forward,” says Chen. “You counteract that with the extreme on the opposite end, right? So, we’re going to do the exact opposite. We’re going to fucking not only think about death, we’re going to think about our death and we’re going to think about it in explicit detail. And I think by then having explored both ends of the extreme, we come to find where our spot in the middle is.” It’s not for the faint of heart, but it can prove a fruitful experience nonetheless.

The Death Of You has an official release date of September 17th. You can pre-order it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Indiebound, or if you’re luck enough to live in one of these fine cities, you can pick it up at the Teenage Bottlerocket’s merch table on the Fat Wreck tour that’s going on now. Head below to check out our full Q&A!



The Palatines release video and announce new EP

South Texas pop-punks The Palatines have released a video for their new song “Vacation to Hellheim”. The song just so happens to be the title track to the band’s upcoming new EP. The video features an exorcism, a rad live concert in someones bedroom and some holy mothers getting supernaturally smashed about.

Check out the rad new video below.

The new EP is due out September 24th, the last release for The Palatines was Death From Below back in 2018. If you’re into Face to Face or Teenage Bottlerocket, give these guys a lookski. 



Audio Karate streaming new song “Sin Chuchillo”

California punks Audio Karate are streaming the new track “Sin Chuchillo”. It happens to be the second offering off of the band’s long-awaited, much-anticipated, new release Malo. The new album will be the third release for the punk veterans, originally recorded back in 2007 but never released, the album will finally see the light of day thanks to Wiretap Records and a little help remixing from Mike Jimenez (Rufio), the album will finally be released October 18th.

Check out the new song below.

This will be the first new music from Audio Karate since the 2004 release Lady Melody.



Gary Yay (solo, UK) releases video for “Down On The Inside”

Gary Yay, who’s been in a ton of punk bands in the UK over the years (Telegraphs, Eager Teeth, Summerslam ’88, Poindexter and more recently as guitarist in Phinius Gage), recently released his debut solo album. When I Grow Up To Be A Man. He’s now done a video for a track from it, “Down On The Inside”. 

Have a watch of the video (directed by Nick Burdett) below. You can order the album from Bandcamp, with proceeds all going to the charity MIND.



Grayscale release video for “Baby Blue”

Philly pop-punk band Grayscale release their new album. Nella Vita on September 6th via Fearless Records. Ahead of the album, the band have released a video for a track from it, “Baby Blue”.

Have a watch below – and check out their upcoming UK/European dates. 



Blink-155 Releases “Free Punk Lyrics” Compilation (not for free)

Blink-155, a podcast run by members of Junior Battles and Pre Nup, has released a 39-song compilation of artists using lyrics from a Tumblr page called Free Punk Lyrics.

As explained on Bandcamp:

“‘Free punk lyrics’ was a joke Tumblr started by Alex and Josiah in 2011 where they would write absurd punk lyrics in four minutes or less. The lyrics were posted online under the pretense that upcoming punk bands could use them for free. It’s all right there in the name. 

In 2018, listeners of the Blink-155 podcast started making real songs out of the lyrics posted on Tumblr. 39 tracks later, the Free Punk Lyrics Compilation is here.”

The album is available on Bandcamp and can be streamed below.



Short/Fast/Loud: Lost Love – “Glenn Spaghetti Legs”

Montreal’s Lost Love came out swinging last year with Good Luck Rassco, an album that I thought showed great songwriting instincts as well as a honed-in power punk sound. It was good stuff, the kind of stuff you want to hear coming out of small bands—the kind of music that makes you think: maybe in a couple of years, when all my favorite bands have broken up, the wheel of punk will continue to turn. 

While this isn’t quite Lost Love’s ghost-of-Christmas-future, it is a solid two-song EP that shows them growing into their sound. “Glenn Spaghetti Legs,” which is technically the title track, reads like something between the Loved Ones, Weezer, and Jeff Rosenstock. Think chugging guitars, poppy fretwork, and big hooks. It’s all delivered with lyrics that feel close to the heart and accordingly, performed with emotional gravitas. 

“Ontarien Demande” has some killer woah-ohs and a sticky lyric (“I’m drinking but I can’t get drunk enough.”), making for a catchy sibling to its predecessor. And I hear you when you say: “is two songs really a notable release?” I agree, it’s hardly a full meal, but it’s hooky, sunshiney, and would go great on a end-of-the-summer mix. Substantial or not, Glenn Spaghetti Legs is two songs from an up and comer worthy of your attention. 

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Teenage Bottlerocket stream new music video for “I Wanna Be a Dog”

Last week Fat Wreck mainstays Teenage Bottlerocket released a music video for “I Wanna Be a Dog” off of their eighth studio album Stay Rad!, released back in March 2019. This track is Teenage Bottlerocket at their best: no-frills pop punk and lyrics that answer the question, “how much easier would life be as a dog?” Truly relatable content from one of the most enduring bands in punk rock. You can check out the video below.



Nervus (punk, UK) announce new album, stream new video

UK punk act Nervus have announced they will be releasing their new album, Tough Crowd, on September 27th via Big Scary Monsters.

To give you an idea of what to expect from the new album, you can check out the video for “They Don’t” below.

Nervus last released Permanent Rainbow in November 2016.



The Lousekateers (Pop Punk, NY) Stream Video for “Cockateil Boy”

New York-based pop punk trio The Lousekateers have just put out a music video for their single “Cockateil Boy”. You can check it out below.

According to their drummer, The Lousekateers are currently working on a follow up album to their debut “Happily New After”, along with a short film to accompany the release. The band has not announced a release date for this second full-length effort, however.

The Lousekateers will be opening for The Undead in New York at the end of next month. You can find details of the gig here.